Kendrapara, Sept 18 (LocalWire): More than 20 days after devastating floods hit the riverside villages of Kendrapara, the villagers of worst-hit Aul block are still struggling to get back on their feet.
Things look dismal for the villagers as polythene-covered tents and alternative shelters fall short for the flood victims.
Bamboo, straw, mud and other house-building materials remain in short supply, as villagers struggle to rebuild their houses.
Villagers whose houses were completely damaged are still staying in makeshift polythene tents, cyclone shelters, schools and pucca houses of other villagers.
Many flood-hit better off villagers have begun rebuilding their houses, salvaging some rubble and adding new materials.
Others are still surveying the damage to their property and crops.
“We lost everything in the flood as our ten-roomed thatched house caved in the flood. I need 200 pieces of bamboo to repair my damaged house. As bamboos are in short supply, the repair work is moving at a snail’s pace,” said Manidra Sahoo of Gobindapur village.
When contacted Dibyendu Das, the Block Development Officer (BDO) of Aul block said, “74,739 persons of 50 villages of the block have been affected in the flood.
The rivers breached the embankment at two places in the block. Work is on to plug the breaches. We are providing relief items to all the flood-hit people.
We will soon provide house building assistance and other help to the affected people.”